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Support Groups for All Licensed Foster Parents

Welcome! Youthnet offers ongoing support groups to our foster families, and these meetings are open to all DCYF, Youthnet, and other agency licensed foster parents on the first and third Thursday of each month.

First Thursday Support Groups are hosted by foster and adoptive parent Larisa Koenig M.Ed. Third Thursday Support Groups are hosted by foster/adoptive parents Larisa Koenig M.Ed and Tif Junker. Third Thursdays contain a training component focused on parenting children with challenging behaviors, and participants will receive a one-hour training certificate to send to their licensor.

Tif Junker is a Regulation & Resilience Coach and creator of the R.I.S.E. Model. She speaks to her own experience and parenting transformation as a foster and adoptive parent. Tif is a board alumni and active member of the Attachment and Trauma Network, a professional member of the National Foster Care Association, an active part of the resiliency movement in Washington state, and in 2017 was awarded the National Angels in Adoption Award by Senator Patty Murray for building awareness for families and children with high trauma needs.

Larisa Koenig works with Youthnet to provide support and advocacy for our Native youth and caregiver families. Larisa previously served as a foster parent liaison for Fostering Together, supervisor of tribal child welfare, mental health counselor for Native American children in foster care, classroom teacher, and dean of students. Larisa is a certificated school administrator and a foster adoptive parent with years of child welfare experience.

These groups are interactive and conversational. Foster parents are encouraged to ask questions and participate over video. We ask that participants refer to cases in general terms and avoid sharing confidential information about their children and their families.

Youthnet is a non-profit foster care agency based in Mount Vernon, WA. Youthnet provides support services to children, youth, and families in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Island, San Juan, King, Pierce, and Kitsap Counties.

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